The Carboard Kitchen Project at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre
When Jennie moves from Singapore to London, she inherits a mysterious makeshift kitchen made of cardboard from unknown relatives. She uses it as an opportunity to learn more about herself and her family. However, when looking through old family recipes that have been passed down, Jennie encounters an unwanted stain in her life that she can’t quite get off the walls.
The Cardboard Kitchen Project is the first cross-cultural production by emerging Singaporean company FK Co-Lab, who will premiere this work in London at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre at the Camden Fringe.
The production is an all female-led team from Singapore and Spain, who are currently based in London. This one-woman show will be played by Varshini Pitchemuthu (Singapore), an actress, a spoken word artist and the Co-Artistic Director for Rootprints Theatre, London. Aida Rocci is our dramaturg, a Spanish theatre artist who has been a production dramaturg for shows such as Eve Ensler’s In the Body of the World directed by Diane Paulus and Peter Brook’s The Man Who directed by Marcus Stern. Raycher Phua (Singapore) is our set and lighting designer who has worked with both Singapore and UK artists such as Zul Mahmod, Katie Mitchell and Complicite.
Packed with real stories, borrowed utensils, and secret ingredients, The Cardboard Kitchen Project explores cultural inheritance and what gets passed down through recipes and cultural memory.
FK Co-Lab is an emerging Singaporean company currently based in London. The company’s ethos is: “It’s not about ticking boxes; it’s about putting the work first”. The company focuses on presenting the urgent and immediate sociopolitical landscape through the lens of the personal, using praxis as a dramaturgical process that drives their collaborative artistic explorations and research enquiry. Through developing original performances and undertaking in practice as research, they aim to push forward and evolve the ongoing dialogue between contemporary performance practices and the larger debates on and around the prevalent concerns of today.